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According to a new Glassdoor survey, employees who receive vacation or paid time off have only used about 54% of their eligible days in the past year.  66% of employees say they work on their getaways, while only 54% of employees say they are totally checked out while away.  23% of employees say they have a difficult time not thinking about work while on vacation, with 14% saying their family wasn’t too happy with them about working on their trip.

Source: Glassdoor

 

Project Time Off reports that the average American worker used 16.8 vacation days last year, which is up from 16.2 in 2015 and the first step in the positive direction since 2000.  54% of employees still wound up with unused vacation time by the end of 2016, which is a decrease of just 1% from 2015.  Workers who take time to plan their vacation days are more likely to use them (52%), than those who don’t (40%).  So which of these stories is true??  Both!  We're taking more vacation time, just not nearly all of it.

Source: Project Time Off

 

According to results from the latest round of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), 22% of U.S. 15-year-old students lack basic financial literacy skills.  The annual test looks at students’ knowledge and understanding of financial concepts, products, and risks, as well as their ability to apply what they know to real-life situations.  Teens in mainland China scored the highest on the test, an average of 566, while teens in Brazil scored the lowest at 393, with the U.S. averaging a score of 487

Source: National Center For Educational Statistics


According to a new survey, 34% of people say they clean out their car only once a season, while 27% only clean it out if other people are getting in the car, like say for a road trip.  40% of folks wash the outside of their car every month, and 24% rely on the rain to keep their car looking nice and shiny.  63% of people say they eat in the car every day.  When it comes to gassing up their vehicles, folks don’t won’t to be left with a tank on empty. The survey finds 43% fill up as soon as they get to a quarter of a tank, although some folks are a bit cheap. About 60% say they have filled up with a lower grade gas in order to save money.

Source: Yahoo Finance

 

More than 10,000 American shoppers voiced their opinion for the fourth annual BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, naming their most trusted Food & Beverage, Health & Beauty, Household & Pets and Kids & Babies brands.

Among the winners (click here for a complete list):

  • Adult Sunscreen - Coppertone
  • Body Wash – Dove
  • Headache Pain Relief - Tylenol
  • Lip Balm - Chapstick
  • Toothpaste – Crest
  • Beer – Budweiser
  • Candy – Hershey’s
  • Ice Cream – Breyers
  • Coffee – Foldgers
  • Vodka – Smirnoff
  • Air Freshener – Glade
  • Dish Soap – Dawn
  • Dog Food – Purina
  • Fabric Softener – Downey
  • Landry Detergent – Tide
  • Baby Wipes – Huggies
  • Diapers – Pampers

Source: Yahoo Finance

 

We hear a lot about how red wine is good for our hearts, but research about it has been mixed and misleading. And now a new meta-analysis, which looked at 45 studies on alcohol and heart health, has concluded that there’s not much to back up the idea that we should be sipping red wine for a healthy heart.

"The American Heart Association and other organizers have never recommended that a person has a daily allotment of alcohol," explains Dr. Richard Becker. "If a person stays within the moderate-drinking recommendations, that may be acceptable, but there's never been a recommendation to consume alcohol for heart health."

So what about the research that shows wine has benefits because of the flavonoids and other antioxidants in it? It turns out, you can get those in other foods, like grapes, so it’s not the wine that’s actually helping.

Sure, alcohol can help us de-stress and stress is a risk factor for heart disease, but it can raise blood pressure too. And there’s a lot of sugar in it, which isn’t good for any of us. So go ahead and enjoy your one glass a day if you choose, but do it knowing it’s probably not really helping your heart.

Source: Self

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